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Diet's Blog (Page 41)

August 6, 2010 - 11:56am

Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

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Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.

Artificial flavors and colors like Red 40 and Blue 1 aren’t ingredients that whet my appetite. But I don’t want to deny myself freezer pops—one of the greatest joys of summer. I...

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August 5, 2010 - 11:05am

I’ve never been the type of person that counts calories on a regular basis. For me, the “are my pants getting too tight?” method works well enough to let me know when I’ve been overeating. Everyone is different though—and for some, counting calories is the only way to keep their weight in check.

That said, when my pants are feeling a tad snug, I become more mindful of how many calories I’m eating and drinking versus how many I actually need. 

Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Find out what a 1,500 calorie day looks like in pictures here.)

If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a...

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July 30, 2010 (All day)

I’m obsessed with smoothies. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s all the fresh berries my husband, Colin, and I have been picking at the berry farm. We’ve been going crazy with our blender—a handful of berries, some yogurt and a little ice. Cover, blend, and presto! A tasty, satisfying breakfast (or snack) to grab and go.

Smoothies seem so inherently healthy—one refreshing drink can help you get a few servings of fruit, which boasts fiber and antioxidants, and some calcium from yogurt. But many fast-food versions are just vessels for delivering spoonfuls of sugar through a straw. So here are some things to keep in mind when you’re craving your next smoothie:

  • Studies show that beverages are less filling per calorie than solid foods...
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July 28, 2010 - 11:17am

Who isn’t looking for easy ways to get fit for a summer party or vacation? Anyone…? For me, the simpler, the better.

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So, with less than a month to go before my summer vacation, I’m trying these 6 nearly effortless, sneaky ways to burn more calories*. Workout clothes are not required!

Related Link: 28-Day Meal Plan for a Slimmer You

1. Do your own yard work.
Calories Burned: about 300 calories

Tell the teenage kid from down the...

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July 21, 2010 - 10:56am

I’m always looking for ways (beyond crunches, aagh!) to keep my post-baby waistline trim. But I’ve learned about a cooking trick that goes beyond just eating low-cal to lose weight: there are actually two dinner ingredients that can help reduce abdominal fat.

Related Link: 7 foods that do the weight loss work for you.

Research suggests that eating more whole grains or including vinegar of any type in your diet may help reduce total body fat and abdominal fat, according to an article Ana Mantica wrote for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here’s a quick synopsis:...

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